Berry gets milestone as USM beats Marshall

Published 11:33 am Monday, April 30, 2012

Southern Miss snapped out of its scoring funk, earned a milestone win for coach Scott Berry, and kept pace in the Conference USA standings on a very productive Sunday.

Mason Robbins drove in three runs and pitched five solid innings, and the Golden Eagles beat Marshall 5-3 in their series finale.

It was the first time in seven games that Southern Miss (25-18, 9-6 C-USA) has scored more than two runs. Despite that slump, USM have won five of those games — all within the conference, which has allowed it to remain in third place in the league standings.

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Sunday’s victory was also the 100th for Berry at Southern Miss. He reached the milestone faster than any coach in school history.

Berry can thank Robbins for helping him reach the mark. The freshman drove in a run with a first-inning ground out, then singled in two more in the fifth to put the Golden Eagles ahead for good. Robbins finished the game 2-for-5.

On the mound, Robbins allowed two runs on three hits. He walked two and struck out two.

James McMahon and Bradley Roney finished up with two innings of relief apiece. Roney worked the eighth and ninth to pick up his ninth save of the season.

Austin Roussel had three hits for Southern Miss, and Connor Barron scored two runs. Sergio Leon drove in two runs for Marshall (15-28, 3-12), and Nathan Gomez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run.